What is asbestos?
It is a naturally mined mineral used because it has properties of heat and chemical resistance, great strength and is almost indestructible. There are several different types (commonly known as white, blue and brown) but being aware of the type makes little practical difference.
Where is it used?
It can be found in corrugated cement roofs, panels in walls and ceilings, in fire doors, roofing felts, floor tiles and textured decorative coatings. Another very common location is in boiler rooms, either as lagging or in the structure of the room.
Asbestos at home
- Dismantling asbestos yourself
- Local Companies that remove asbestos
- Essex County Councils Free Hazardous waste scheme